Can you imagine a deaf woman writing stories about a war? Well, Laura Redden Searing did this. Moreover,
she went to foreign countries to write stories. She was
very ill when she was 11 years old. Because of this,
she lost her hearing. She went to the Missouri School
for the Deaf. Laura was 19 years old when she went to
work for a newspaper. She wrote about people, places,
and art. In 1859, most women were wives and mothers.
They did not work outside the home; otherwise, their
husbands would be angry. Due to this feeling, Laura
used a man's name when she wrote her stories. She
called herself Howard Glyndon. She thought that
unless she used a man's name, people would be
hostile since they did not think that women should
write for newspapers. However, she would have no
trouble provided that people did not know she was a
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